MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College men's swimming & diving team had a productive third day at the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with the Mammoths marking seven top-three performances on Saturday evening at the Middlebury Natatorium.
The Mammoths carried their relentless efforts from the opening two days to post impressive finishes across the board. The day three finals opened up with the 400 and 200-yard medley relay with Amherst notching second place in both events. In the 400, Craig Smith '20, Sean Mebust '20, Jack Koravos '20, and Scott Romeyn '22 came within 0.53 seconds of setting a NESCAC meet record and pool record. However, Tufts' Nate Tingen, Tar Tar Jarusinchai, Kingsley Bowen, and Roger Gu set the records after claiming first with a time of 3:16.43. Williams fell three seconds behind the Mammoths to take third with a time of 3:19.47.
In the 200, Kou Li '21, Romeyn, Koravos, and Mebust marked the second top-three finish on the day when they recorded a time of 1:29.86. Tufts' Matthew Manfre, Costantino Camerano, Bowen and Gu took first (1:29.26) while Williams placed third with a time of 1:30.45 (Nick Whitcomb, Jack Melnick, Zeb Hart, Curtis Maher).
Koravos marked his third second place finish on the day when he took on the field at the 100-yard butterfly. Finishing with a time of 49.30, Koravos will enter the final day of competition with five total podium appearances. Williams David Pearcy placed first with a pool record of 48.95 while Tufts Constantino Camerano finished with a time of 49.47 for third.
Charlie Seltzer '19 notched his first individual top finish when he claimed second in the 200-yard freestyle. Bowdoin's Karl Sarier claimed third with a time of 1:39.75 in the event while James Lovette of Williams set a NESCAC meet and pool record with a 1:37.82 finish for the top-spot.
Amherst placed two finishers in the 100-yard breaststroke with Mebust and Chris Quinones '19 claiming the second and third spots, respectively. Mebust marked a time of 56.00 seconds while Quiniones received a time of 56.44. Jack Melnick of Williams took first with a time of 55.64.
Rounding out the third day of competition, Craig Smith '20 recorded the Mammoths sixth second place finish on Saturday with a time of 49.90 in the 100-yard backstroke. Bowen (Tufts) placed first with a pool record of 48.42 while Whitcomb (Williams) fell 0.05 seconds behind Smith with a time of 49.95.
The Mammoths currently sit in third with an overall score of 1036 while the Ephs are leading the field with 1316.5 points. The final day of the 2019 NESCAC Championship will begin at 10:00 AM tomorrow with the following preliminary swims:
The 3-meter diving trials will begin at 2:00 PM with the finals commencing at 5:30 PM alongside the NESCAC Individual & Team Awards which will be presented at the conclusion of the championships.